RELEASE
1991
LABEL
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
GENRES
Country, Traditional Country, Rock & Roll, Yodeling, Western Swing, Traditional Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Bluegrass, Outlaw Country, Country-Folk, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Cowboy, Progressive Country, Traditional Folk, Country-Pop, Close Harmony, Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, String Bands

Album Review

An absolutely indispensable series, Smithsonian's Classic Country line of discs covers the music with great care and historical savvy. This first volume kicks things off with 25 tracks ranging from early string band sides (Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers) and the first country classics (the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), to the mountain genius of Roy Acuff and popular cowboy-centric hits by Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, and the Sons of the Pioneers. And hinting at things to come, the collection wraps things up with a taste of Bob Wills' Western swing and Ernest Tubb's early honky tonk. So, from the '20s through the '40s, and with a bevy of milestones to hear along the way, this ride through hillbilly history is not to be missed.
Stephen Cook, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Soldier's Joy
  2. Jordan Is Hard Road to Travel
  3. Barbara Allen
  4. The Prisoner's Song
  5. Wildwood Flower
  6. Waiting For a Train
  7. Blue Yodel No. 8 (Muleskinner Blues)
  8. Ragged But Right
  9. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)
  10. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  11. Just Because
  12. St. Louis Blues
  13. My Mary
  14. Great Speckled Bird
  15. Under the Double Eagle
  16. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
  17. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
  18. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  19. Cool Water
  20. Rye Whiskey
  21. Steel Guitar Rag
  22. New San Antonio Rose
  23. Walking the Floor Over You
  24. Born to Lose
  25. You Are My Sunshine